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2.14.2015

Sabotaged ~ Review with excerpt and book giveaway

Sabotaged
Alaskan Courage 5
By Dani Pettrey

The Iditarod is always a challenge, but this year it is about to get even more dangerous.  And the McKenna family is right in the middle of the action.

Kirra Jacobs knows something is wrong when her Uncle Frank doesn't check-in at the station she's manning.  Kirra is determined to find him now, when minutes matter.  Unfortunately Reef McKenna insists on accompanying her during her search.  But when her search takes an unexpected turns, she's grateful for Reef's assistance.

What was a missing musher is in fact a kidnapping.  And the victim is Kirra's cousin Meg.  Meg is the leverage to force Frank into doing the kidnapper's bidding.  And if they don't find Meg in time - people are going to be hurt.  Frank is adamant that the police be kept out of it or Meg will suffer at the hands of her abductors.

But finding Meg will take more than two people as the clock ticks down.  With the help of the McKenna family Meg and Frank have a chance of making it out of this situation alive.  But is Kirra ready to confront the past to save her cousin?

Sabotaged is yet another exciting installment in the McKenna family saga.  Each member is present in this story, but Reef is the main McKenna focus in this book.  And fans of Kayden and Jake will be thrilled to know that they have an important role in this story.  And, yes, Kayden is still being nice to Jake.  

This is the perfect wrap-up for this series, one that is perfect for Valentine's Day! (hint, hint). This may be the final book in the series but there is no reason one can't revisit them again, which I plan to. 

Get ready for heart-pounding excitement, a dash of romance, and plenty of danger - Sabotaged will keep your attention from the first page until the last.
   
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Book Summary:

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now paired together on Yancey’s search-and-rescue canine unit, they begin to put aside old arguments as they come to see each other in a different light.

Then a call comes in from the Iditarod that will push them to their limits. Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing. Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. In order to save her, the man must use his knowledge as a mechanical engineer to do the kidnapper’s bidding or she will die.

Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life, but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

About the author:
Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, 
and the acclaimed author of the romantic suspense series Alaskan Courage, which includes her bestselling novels Submerged, Shattered, Stranded, Silenced, and her latest release, Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because 
it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, 
where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

Excerpt:
    Leave it to Reef to play the chivalrous knight. Seriously? Reef?
Just her luck she’d gotten paired up with him again.
    She exhaled, trying to release the pent-up tension from her body,
the warmth of her breath quickly swallowed by the cold. The more
time she spent with Reef, the more he surprised her. And she hated
surprises, especially when it came to men.
    Accelerating, she pushed the engine to its max, as snow- flakes the
size of half dollars pelted her face. She blinked, the simple motion made
difficult by the ice crusting her eyelashes. Was she putting herself and
Reef in danger being out in such harsh elements—yes—but she didn’t
have a choice. This was Uncle Frank.
    She took the last upswing to her uncle’s favorite resting spot at full
speed, the front of the machine lifting over the rise. Reef’s laughter echoed
over the roar of the wind and the purr of the engine. She slid to a stop and
left the engine idling.
    Reef hopped off beside her. “I’m impressed. Didn’t know you had that
kind of speed in you.” His face was covered from the nose down, but she
could see his smile in the crinkle of his eyes.
    She adjusted her headlamp and pulled the flashlight from her jacket,
pressing it on. She fanned the light out across the thick cascading snow,
so thick it was difficult to make out where the ridge began and where it
dropped off.
    “Thank God.” Her uncle’s voice echoed along the fifteen foot crevice
that bordered the ridge. “I hoped you’d think to come looking for me here.”
    “Frank.” Relief swarmed inside as she moved toward his voice.
    Reef’s strong arm grabbed around her waist, yanking her back. “Whoa!”
    Her feet dangled in the air over the dark emptiness below, her flashlight
dropping into nothingness.
    Was Frank on the other side of the crevice?
    Reef swung her back and set her down, his hold remaining firm.
    She pushed at his forearm.
    “I’m not letting go unless you promise to be more careful.”
    She nodded, her heartbeat whooshing in her ears.
    He let go, and she instantly missed the warmth of his embrace.
    “Kirra,” Frank yelled.
    “Yeah.” She moved with great care toward the edge, Reef keeping in
close stride with her. Thick trees on that side prevented the moonlight’s
penetration—she couldn’t see anything.
    “I need you to listen. We don’t have much time.”
    “Are you hurt? Are the dogs?” Why was he on the opposite side of the
crevice from the race trail?
    “We’re fine, but your cousin’s not.”
    “Meg?” What did she have to do with any of this?
    “Some men have taken her.”
    “What?” A nervous laugh escaped her lips. He couldn’t be serious. “What
are you talking about?”
    She yanked the secondary flashlight from her pants pocket and shone it
across the space. She could barely make out Frank’s form silhouetted by the
snow. His dogs stood in a line in front of his sled, harnessed and ready to go.
    “Listen carefully.” The edge in his voice deepened. “Some men kidnapped
her. They’re holding her hostage until I do something for them.”
    She sensed Reef shift, as if he intended to say something, but she was
thankful when he said nothing, allowing her to take the lead. “What do they
want you to do?” What could they possibly want from her uncle?
    “I can’t tell you. I have to do what they say or they’ll kill her. But you
might be able to help.”
    “Anything. How?”
    “Find Meg before I reach the finish line in Nome. If you find her, I
won’t have to finish the job.”
    “Job? What job?”
    “Stop asking questions and listen. You find Meg and then find me. If
I know she’s safe, I won’t finish the job. Otherwise, I fear a lot of others
may be hurt too.”
    “I don’t understand.”
    “You don’t have to. Just do what I say and find your cousin before I
reach Nome.”
    “I’ll call the cops as soon as we get back to Rainy Pass.”
    “No! No cops. They said if they saw a cop anywhere around, they’d
kill her. Promise me, Kirra. No cops. I can’t lose Meg.”
    “Okay. No cops.”
    Diesel growled and Frank’s eyes widened. Kirra looked over her
shoulder and saw a light approaching through the gloom. The rumble
of a snowmobile drew near.
    “I took too long. They’re here.”

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